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UC San Diego students reeling from flooded dorms after storm

Posted at 9:37 PM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 13:25:13-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Students at the University of California San Diego are still reeling from Wednesday's storm that flooded more than a dozen apartments.

Students told 10News they were shocked when water poured in around 11 p.m. during the storm. One young man, who didn't want to be identified, said the water seeped in under the door and poured in through a floor-length window in their bedroom.

"So every angle yeah, it instantly started soaking everything under my bed," he said, adding the water was freezing cold.

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He took videos documenting the two inches of water that seeped in.

"If I wasn't here, then every bit of electronics we had out here would've been completely ruined, hundreds of dollars worth of stuff," the man told 10News.

Another student shared her experience, saying she was walking back to her dorm after studying and found "about a 4-foot deep puddle leading up to my door." She said once she opened the door mud and water flowed in.

She said the timing was terrible.

"I have a midterm Monday, I'm actually getting tutoring right after this, it's a bit crazy."

Students scrambled, trying to get help from the university and relocate. One student told 10News she never got help from the university, despite calling multiple times Wednesday night and getting a case number.

Thursday morning cleaning companies went to work, installing fans in the rooms and peeling off baseboards.

Some students said the university is doing a great job.

"Is there something we can brainstorm to fix this so it doesn't happen in the future, because I can only imagine what's going to happen next week when it rains harder and I'd hate to come back from break and see, 'oh everything's damaged." a student said.

The university said four students were relocated to temporary housing. A University official said the drains in the area were examined before the storm and the torrential downpour was the cause of the flooding.